And the winner is… Porsche. Well, if we focus on cars engaged at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there’s no questions anymore. Porsche is the clear winner of the 2015 edition of the legendary race, with 2 cars at the 1st and 2nd positions, in front of Audi Sport. However, in the race of watches celebrating a partnership with one of the Le Mans teams, we have a new competitor, just after the TAG Heuer Nismo and the Oris Audi Sport – and the new Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition has quite some arguments to be the first to cross the line.
While the watches celebrating the partnerships with 24 Hours of Le Mans teams Audi Sport and Nismo/Nissan – meaning a TAG Heuer and an Oris – are pleasant but technically simple chronographs (both reasonably priced and featuring classical Sellita movements, clones of a Valjoux 7750), its seems that Porsche requirements in terms of technical specs are drastic, as the watch proposed by Chopard plays on another level. Indeed, it’s like comparing two chassis builders outsourcing a robust movement to a fully integrated car builder, that conceive both the aerodynamics, the chassis and the drive train. The analogy is simple: TAG Heuer and Oris are creating (nice) cases and use a Sellita movement while Chopard comes with a watch designed and developed fully in-house, movement included – something that has an impact on the final price of course.
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